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Sony Xperia Z5 rumors already bubbling to surface

Although the Xperia Z4 has yet to be announced, the first batch of Z5 details has already emerged.

The Sony Xperia Z3 could have two successors by the end of the year. Andrew Hoyle/CNET

There are leaks and there are leaks. Although Sony hasn't unveiled the Xperia Z4, the first set of hardware rumors for the Sony Xperia Z5 has just come to light.

According to sources close to AndroidOrigin, Sony Mobile plans to release three versions of the Xperia Z5 in late 2015. Should this prove true, we could have an Xperia Z5, a larger Z5 Ultra and a smaller Z5 Compact before the year is out.

The flagship model will reportedly boast a Quad HD display and a Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 processor. Additionally, the phone is rumored to have a whopping 4GB of RAM; the Ultra variant could include support for Qualcomm's 3D Ultrasonic fingerprint scanning technology as well.

In a potentially interesting twist, it's possible that Sony could shelve the squarish Omnibalance design that it's known for, in favor of a new look. Perhaps Sony is ready to join Samsung and LG and embrace curves for its next-gen family of devices.

If all this comes to fruition in 2015, IFA makes the most sense. Slated for September, the annual conference often gives way to smartphone and tablet announcements. The Xperia Z3, for instance, made its debut at the 2014 event.

In the meantime, we still have an Xperia Z4 looming on the horizon. According to the latest round of gossip, the 5.2-inch experience could debut by April 20.

Still, phone makers typically wait a year in between launching flagship products, so this timeline seems a little suspect. We're taking this one with a grain of salt.

CNET has reached out to Sony for comment.